The right character

Blurred cardIn another article about poker psychology was the importance of discipline mentioned and how hard it is to develop in this area of the game. Some of the ways people function psychologically in poker is determined upon deep-rooted things that are assimilated with special circumstances unique to every person.

This is probably big news for you, and hopefully you can see ways to get through difficulties in the way of acting disciplined and hold on to the plan in your poker game. Methods to avoid tilting have been mentioned (in the same article that was referred to above) and the advantage in follow a plan and also that setting up goals can be helpful in accomplishing continuity.

However, there are still problems ahead. One question remains: after getting more knowledge about the psychological aspects and the methods to adjust to them, will you be able to practice it?

Awareness of affecting sources

To practice good discipline you must seek out the right conditions. Your reasons to play will affect your result. Are you playing because you need recreation or because you are motivated for the game itself? Some are playing for entertainment or other reasons, but this are said concerning the ambitious player who is interesting in everything that can be positive for his result.

So if you lack motivation, wait until the next day before playing. In being able to perform well, you need to be focused. Maybe you can play the cards on auto pilot, but how about making efforts to analyzing the other players around the table?

Another important thing is rest. If you are tired your performance will fall. Maybe these things are obvious to you, but this is crucial things that sometimes can be forgotten or neglected. This is factors that can affect your results a lot. So keep thinking of this and try take it into account in your way of practicing continuity.

Life situation

Lack of motivation and tiredness are temporary conditions. A person’s life situation including his background is more lasting circumstances, so these things are involved in a more implicit way. The main thing is how this is affecting your poker game in very different ways.

An example can be given. Players who losing all theirs chips or a big pot could afterwards sense resemblances of a losing pattern they think are typical even in the real life. The poker game and life itself are given parallels.

Here is another example. A player is involved in a pot and now the opponent is betting after the last card has been shown. The player now looks at his cards and thinks that his cards are probably worse than his opponent. The thing is, however: he can’t drop his hand, something pushing him to make the call.

It can be assumed that the players in these examples are in situations there their life conflicts with their game. They can’t react rationally or play properly in the game because something outside affecting it.

Knowledge makes you stronger

A genuine knowledge about the strategies, probabilities and psychological aspects will give you better rational attitude towards poker. This is because you know things. You know that you lose because you played bad, or that you couldn’t avoid slipping out of focus, or that even if you were a big favorite in a hand you knew that the probabilities still making it possible for you to lose.

The more you learn about the game, the more often will you win, and, the better will you understand and tackle your losses. 

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